Next week, the Vulture will make his big screen debut in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first solo Spider-Man movie to take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- but don't call him a villain. According to star Michael Keaton, Vulture and Spider-Man just have a difference of opinion.
In a new featurette for the upcoming blockbuster, Keaton discusses his character at length and reveals the Vulture's motivations. "I found a really interesting approach to what you all call a villain," Keaton explains in the video. "The Vulture does corrupt things in order to fight what he sees as corruption. He thinks to himself, 'They all have theirs. Where's mine?'"
"He and his men basically work with their hands," he continued. "He doesn't have any inherent superpowers. He starts to utilize technology to up his game."
"Superhero movies are only as good as their villains," added Tom Holland, who plays the eponymous web-singler. "When people see what he's done with this character, he really did nail it."
“I thought it was a really unique approach and kind of obvious when you think of it, to make this person someone who is approachable and has a legitimate gripe and a legitimate argument,” Keaton said in an earlier interview. “I thought it was really well written to simplify things.”
Vulture is a classic Spidey villain created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko dating back to 1963’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #2. However, Homecoming's version of the character appears as though he’ll be a little more high tech, with wings that look as though they could have been ripped right off of the Avengers’ Quinjet.
Arriving July 7, director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Michael Keaton as Vulture, in addition to Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. Tickets are on sale now.